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The New "Am I the Only One" Thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by D'Snowth, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Are you kiddin'? Girl, I live in Knoxville, we have shootings ALL THE TIME: domestic shootings, school shootings, mall shootings, church shootings, hospital shootings; I occasionally hear gunshots outside my own window any time of the year (luckily, they're a distance though); we have a LOT of hoods and ghettos in this town, one of our teachers in middle school once almost got mugged by a group of gangbangers that were passing through on our schoolgrounds; and I hear tell Memphis is considerably worse than us... I hear Atlanta ain't much better either.
  2. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Well, it's never on the news. Maybe you just live in a really bad area, but where I live, at worst someone might sneak a knife into school and they are too dumb to hide it and get caught :/

    Also, my friend, who has lived her entire life in the south, says that she has never heard of a shooting in the south.

    Not saying it doesn't happen, but probably not on the scale where it would make news
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    There's finger pointing and then there's rational realizations that something isn't right. We have no power over illegal fire arms, we don't treat the mentally ill seriously, and there are little niggling details about societal problems we just don't want to look at. At least until something like this happens, and things get blown out of proportion and we're living in terrible times because it's not the imaginary TV version of the 1950's that never happened anymore.

    It's always the same arguments, but the subtlety is lost completely. There is a lot of noise that makes the problem general, but everything is in hindsight.

    Still, I never bought Gun Control = Take your guns away. If you're responsible, you have every right to it. Like you said, there's no shootings at gun shows because those people like owning guns and are quite responsible with them. This was irresponsibility on the mother's part. It's easy to say that's blame, but then again these tragedies always get solved in hindsight, but no one wants to work the extra mile to, not quite prevent these from ever happening again, but certainly lowing the likelihood of it happening through calm, detailed steps. Guns are usually the ones that take most of the blame, but logically, anything else you can use as a weapon gives the other person a chance to fight it off. If we can't prevent a tragedy, we can surely lessen the damage by making it slower and escapable.

    That said, when these things happen, we don't do anything in hindsight. If it was a "terrorist attack" you can't even leave a bag alone for a minute.
  4. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    I know, I know. I'm just saying that throwing iPads at kids at an early age could end up with them being "addicted" of sorts to them to the point where they're doing more of that than being nurtured in a wider variety of ways.
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  5. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    That's a fair point. Like with most things with children, they should use them when the parents are around for a limited amount of time. All things in moderation.
  6. MuppetSpot2

    MuppetSpot2 Well-Known Member

    am i the only one who hates tangled
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I've never seen it myself, but I do believe that Rapunzel is probably one of my most favorite character designs there ever were... I think it's the long blonde hair, and the huge green eyes...
  8. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    Yes you probably are. I loved Tangled.

    And as for the kids on electronic devices all I will say is my child will be very limited to any kind of high tech devices. Kids need to socialize and be active not stuck on an iPad 24/7. I worked with kids for 10 years it was quite sad to see kids who didnt even know how to play outside.

    I do see technology as a useful educational tool but my child is gonna learn things the old fashioned way. And will be heavily supervised. I can't stand parents who aren't active the way they should be in their child's lives. As a soon to be parent I won't be that person. I want to be there for every single moment and be involved with my child as much I can.
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  9. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    I'm with you on limiting electronic device use Pinky...we don't let the kids use much...though Hopie is getting a digital camera for Christmas...but thats a little different as I think its more an interest in photgraphy and video making...we do play some video games but always together....
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  10. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    and I'm not letting them on to those online fan forums...too addictive....
  11. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    My saying is I'm your parent not your friend.
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  12. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    You just have to put up with me giving you parenting advice all the time....but feel free to ignore me :)
  13. DannyRWW

    DannyRWW Well-Known Member

    and actually that is the best advice...don't listen to anyone if you don't want to
  14. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    I just personally feel unless your gonna be a parent, have worked with kids or are a parent it's hard for people to understand.
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  15. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Like you said many times before, it's so much easier for them to do the former than the latter. :rolleyes:
  16. Pinkflower7783

    Pinkflower7783 Well-Known Member

    My heart just breaks so bad for those families I can't even fathom having to bury your own child. And I hope to god I never do! Those poor kids...and I'm sure their parents had already bought Christmas gifts for them and now their not gonna get to see them get opened on Christmas morning. I'm sure the only gift they want now is their child back. :(

    As a soon to be parent it definitely hits an emotional chord.
  17. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I love the "fictitious bullets do more damage than real ones" argument. No one went on a shooting spree because of Duck Hunt. I wish there was an NFRA. A National Fictional Rifle Association that is just as defensive about keeping guns in fictional works where no one gets hurt because they're actors/drawings/Computer Generated Images as the NRA is in real life. Heck, their solution? More guns on the streets.

    That said, there is NO CALL for them to do half the sick stuff to dead bodies on CSI type shows. Murder is one thing. That's reality, it's realistic. But the depraved carnage they have in these shows. The Criminal Minds where the guy made marionettes out of his victims. No wonder why Mandy Patankin left the show. And on Law and Order SUV... ugh... porn looks at SUV and says "dude. Chill it. You're creeping everybody out." That's where we have to take a look and say "let's calm down on it a bit, kay?" I'm not an advocate of censorship by any means, but let's scale back on that just a little and not try to graphically "enhance" cartoon shows so villains carry Super Soakers and laser blasters. Actually... don't laser blasters cut through bone? They replaced a weapon with a fictional, yet more dangerous one.

    Like I said before, the parents can control the kids when they have too much computer/electronic device time. But who parents the parents? Electronic devices are meant to waste our time. The internet is where productivity goes and dies a slow, painful, CSI style death.
  18. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Am I the only one who doesn't like The Christmas Story?
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    It took years of it always playing on TV in the background at Christmas dinner for it to grow on me... I'm still upset that last night, TBS ended their annual 24-hour marathon of it early just so they could squeeze in extra reruns of The Big Bang Theory... gah, the way they coddle over that show makes me hate it even more; they act like they're the ONLY channel that plays it, when it's on, like three other channels.
  20. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I'm not a big fan of A Christmas Story either, basically because it gets aired over and over again during the holidays. It was enjoyable for one viewing, but not for 20-plus.

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